Camping is a time to get away from it all, head off-grid and escape reality for a few days and while some of you may prefer to ‘rough it’, others enjoy certain appliances and accessories that help make the experience a little more comfortable. These include portable fridges, camp showers, lighting and even music players and mobile phones to name a few. There is one major thing to take into consideration when it comes to taking these luxury items and gadgets though - how to power it all. That’s where solar power steps in. Camping with solar has many benefits and we’ve listed a few below…
1. Solar gives reliable power
You’ll never have to worry about running out of fuel or having potential generator issues ruin your holiday. Solar is generally maintenance free so you should have no problems receiving reliable power for the entire duration of your camping trip.
2. It is good for the environment
Solar power is a renewable carbon neutral source of clean natural energy, making them environmentally friendly.
3. You always have emergency power
Whether you are stuck in the middle of nowhere or need to make an emergency call, solar will allow you to keep your fridges, lighting and all other devices charged at all times.
4. Solar is cost efficient
Solar will save you money in more ways than one, but the biggest seller is that you get your power from the sun - so it’s completely free! They also allow you to avoid powered campsite fees (opt for unpowered, and there are generally little to no maintenance costs with solar chargers.
5. No noise
There is nothing worse than listening to the continuous buzzing sound of a generator when you’re trying to relax and unwind. Your campsite neighbours will agree. Solar power is completely silent so everyone can enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature.
6. There is no need for fuel
No generator means no need to carry additional fuel, leaving more room to pack the essentials.
7. With solar, you can literally camp anywhere!
And you don’t have to sacrifice any of your luxury items, just add more panels to power them!
How to maximise your solar charger when camping
It is always critical to position your solar panel at the sun. At night, set the panel up so it faces the morning sun then at lunchtime, turn it on the side so the sun is directly overhead. Once it hits mid-afternoon, position the charger to catch the falling sun until it sets. Avoid placing solar panels under trees, next to large shelters or anything that may cast a shadow throughout the day.
For more information on how to calculate your solar power requirements click here.